Carlos Curbelo releases “Keys First” ad featuring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen endorsement

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Republican candidate Carlos Curbelo released his third television ad – this one featuring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen—in his bid for Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

Curbelo, a 34-year-old Miami-Dade School Board member, is a favorite Republican to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia in the race for the district covering southwestern Miami-Dade County and all of Monroe County.

Ros-Lehtinen, who has spent a decade in Congress, currently represents Florida’s 27th Congressional District, which includes Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys; the Republican also served as chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee until 2013.

In the 30-second spot, “Keys First,” Ros-Lehtinen endorses Curbelo by calling him “part of the next generation who will work to protect our natural wonders, our fishermen, and our economy.”

“I often reminisce about my time representing the Florida Keys,” she says. “From fair insurance rates to wastewater, we shared many successes. You deserve a Congressman that will put you first again. And you can have that soon.”

“Keys First” is slated to run on cable networks throughout Monroe County and is available on YouTube.

A Miami native and graduate of the University of Miami, Curbelo was elected to the Miami-Dade School Board in 2010.

In endorsing Curbelo, Ros-Lehtinen joins former Governor Jeb Bush, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.


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